Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Governor Ensures MDWFP’s Continued Participation in Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs
Jackson - Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed into law
legislation that will protect Mississippi sportsmen's investment in
conservation. The assent legislation in H. B. 848 meets the
most basic requirement for participation in Wildlife and Sport Fish
Restoration (WSFR) programs. These essential programs,
administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, currently
provide around $10 million in federal assistance annually to
support MDWFP operations. WSFR funding comes from
manufacturers' excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition,
fishing equipment, and boats and motors.
Gov. Bryant stated, "This legislation will ensure that
Mississippians continue to see their fair share of WSFR funds
coming back to conservation projects in the Magnolia
Historically Mississippi has received a total of almost $200
million in WSFR apportioned grant funding. Current programs
include operating wildlife management areas and state lakes,
teaching hunter and aquatic education, conducting wildlife and
fisheries research, stocking fish in public waters, and providing
technical guidance to private landowners.
The new assent legislation comes as sportsmen nationwide are
celebrating the 75th anniversary of WSFR, widely considered the
most significant conservation legislation in American history.
Dr. Sam Polles, MDWFP Executive Director, said, "The success
of WSFR is predicated on the user pay-public benefit concept.
Hunters and anglers remain the primary supporters of
conservation for the benefit of all."
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